Pierre Huyghe

French, b. 1962

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Pierre Huyghe

French, b. 1962

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Pierre Huyghe says that life is the core interest of his practice: “I’m interested in how to quantify the different variations of being alive…how to intensify the presence of things.” Many of his performance, film, and installation pieces employ a range of living creatures—insects, plants, animals, and human beings—in order to explore their behavior and interactions. These works become laboratories for articulating complex social phenomena, the precarious distinction between fiction and reality, and contemporary belief systems. In the 1990s, Huyghe became known best for his “post-production” technique, or the reuse of film and mass-media images; more recently, he has mounted his work outside of museums and traditional art venues, calling these environments too restrictive. Huyghe is also known for his many multimedia collaborations with other artists throughout his career, including Philippe Parreno and Douglas Coupland. Huyghe won the Hugo Boss Prize in 2002.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 21 more
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Artforum, and 8 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 14 more
Biography

Pierre Huyghe says that life is the core interest of his practice: “I’m interested in how to quantify the different variations of being alive…how to intensify the presence of things.” Many of his performance, film, and installation pieces employ a range of living creatures—insects, plants, animals, and human beings—in order to explore their behavior and interactions. These works become laboratories for articulating complex social phenomena, the precarious distinction between fiction and reality, and contemporary belief systems. In the 1990s, Huyghe became known best for his “post-production” technique, or the reuse of film and mass-media images; more recently, he has mounted his work outside of museums and traditional art venues, calling these environments too restrictive. Huyghe is also known for his many multimedia collaborations with other artists throughout his career, including Philippe Parreno and Douglas Coupland. Huyghe won the Hugo Boss Prize in 2002.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 21 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 8 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 14 more
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Oct 12th, 2017
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Jun 19th, 2017
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